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Alias: A Higher Echelon

Marshall's life is put on the line, after his mission with Sydney. Meanwhile, Jack becomes the main suspect of Emily's dissapearance. Also, Vaughn finds out about Jack's murder of Haladki, and CIA agent, and Syndey reveals to Francie that she has a crush on a co-worker.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x11
Airdate: Sunday January 05th, 2003

  • Currently 8/10
8/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Eric Young
As Suit and Glasses
Faye Dunaway
As Ariana Kane
James Lesure
As CIA Agent Craig Blair
Terry O'Quinn
As F.B.I. Special Officer Kendall

Co-Guest Stars
Elizabeth Penn Payne
As CIA Print Technician
Ira Heiden
As CIA Agent Rick McCarthy
George Tovar
As Waiter
John Christopher Storey
As CIA Video Technician
Mark Humphrey
As SD-6 Technician
Nelson Mashita
As SD-6 OpTech Agent
Shawn Michael Patrick
As SD-6 Forensics Expert
Main Cast
Jennifer Garner
As Sydney Anne Bristow
Ron Rifkin
As Arvin Sloane
Carl Lumbly
As Marcus R. Dixon
Kevin Weisman
As Marshall J. Flinkman
Victor Garber
As Jonathan 'Jack' Donahue Bristow
Michael Vartan
As Michael C. Vaughn
David Anders
As Julian Sark
Merrin Dungey
As Francine 'Francie' Calfo / Allison Doren
Lena Olin
As Irina Derevko
Bradley Cooper
As William 'Will' D. Tippin
Episode Notes
Number 47: The hard drive that Sydney must find is in for repairs on level one, room 147.

Number 47: Marshall is being held in the storage room on the 47th floor.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
JudeAll I Wanna Do 
KinkyNoche De Toxinas 
Matthew Good BandWeapon 
Sammy HagarSerious JuJu 

Episode Quotes
(About Sloane's reaction upon losing Marshall)
Jack: It was as if someone had overcooked his steak.

Marshall: I swear on my mother's grave, I don't know. And though technically Mom's still alive, she has picked out her gravesite, so--

Vaughn: I got your psych report back. You did well.
Will: I'm not a sociopath?
Vaughn: Well, I didn't say that. (laughs)

Kendall: I just got off the phone with the director again and he asked me again if I knew we were in the intelligence business.

Dixon: I speak nine languages. Techno is not one of them!

Cultural References
Will: So you get Echelon, you become Big Brother.

The term "Big Brother" was used in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four to depict the dictator of Oceania, a fictitious society which authorities kept everyone under complete observation, always using the phrase "Big Brother is watching you" as to remind them of their constant surveillance. The term became later a synonym for government surveillance in general.

Marshall: You guys like cherry PEZ? You know, cherry PEZ? The little candy, comes in the little superhero thing? Yeah, I collect the dispensers.

PEZ are compressed peppermint candy. Its name was derived from the German word for 'peppermint' (Pfefferminz) and it was originally introduced in Austria. There are over 450 dispenser heads, with thousands of variations. After PEZ was introduced in the U.S., head dispensers of popular characters were manufactured making it more popular. Dispensers are part of popular culture in many nations and are collected by many people.

Marshall: Yeah, I thought I had the largest collection in the world. I actually wrote the Guinness Book of World Records about it.

The Guinness Book of Records is a book published annually, containing an internationally recognized collection of great achievements - both attained by people or by the natural world.

Marshall: I was just trying to download an MP3 off Audiogalaxy.

Audiogalaxy is a file sharing system founded by Michael Merhej that catalogues MP3 files. After the downfall of Napster in 2001 it became the most used file sharing system on the Web.

Marshall: You guys like Sammy Hagar?

Sammy Hagar was the lead vocalist for Montrose, and then had a semi-successful solo career, before he replaced "Diamond" David Lee Roth in Van Halen. The song that Marshall played was "Serious JUJU" from Ten 13.

Warning: Alias season 2 episode 11 guide may contain spoilers
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